MidWest Division SCCA Formula B 1973

Porter Brownlee in a Merlyn Mk 21 and James King in a March 73B had the newest equipment in the division, and Brownlee ran out an easy winner as King focused on the Pro series. Carl McIntyre from Colorado is a bit of a mystery in his Lola T240, as is Bill Brown of Memphis who raced a Brabham BT29.

Further back, Bob Schutt was presumably in the same ex-Nick Craw Brabham BT35 he had raced in 1972, and Frank Dickerson and Gerald Hudson still had their antique Brabham BT9 and Lola T60 respectively, but John Bernadine's Brabham is a mystery. Bernadine, from Tulsa, OK, had previously raced a Brabham in FC.

Final standings

1. Porter Brownlee Merlyn [Mk 21] Arkansas 42 pts
2. Jim King March [73B] Southern Illinois 27 pts
3. Carl McIntyre Lola [T240] Colorado 15 pts
4. Bill Brown Brabham [BT29] Mid-South 11 pts
5. Bob Schutt Brabham [BT35] St Louis 10 pts
6. John Bernadine Brabham NE Oklahoma 9 pts
7. Bill Bachman Lola [T240] Colorado 4 pts
8. Frank Dickerson Brabham [BT9] Wichita 4 pts
9. Gerald Hudson Lola [T60] Wichita 4 pts

The 1973 table, with car types, is augmented with data from Rocky Entriken's regular column in the Salina Journal 31 Oct 1973 p25.

1973 Schedule

The SCCA Nationals schedule for this Division is not currently available.

Midwest Division sources

Although Competition Press was more concerned with west coast and east coast events, the major midwest events were covered reasonably well. However, we know little of the goings-on away from these events and are are keen to acquire or borrow 1960s, 1970s and 1980s copies of SCCA regional publications from this Division. The key ones are:

  • Checkpoint (Kansas City Region)
  • Course Record (Arkansas Region)
  • The Echo (Southern Illinois Region)
  • Exhaust Notes (Nebraska) - full archive available at nrsccahistory.com.
  • Gasket Gazette (Oklahoma Region)
  • Neokla Observer (NE Oklahoma Region), renamed Sports Car Observer in 1980
  • The Offside Undo (Kansas Region)
  • Redline (Colorado Region)
  • Steerin’ Column (Mid-South Region)
  • Wheelspin (St. Louis Region)
  • Witches Wail (Wichita Region)

We are also keen to get scans of entry lists from SCCA Nationals for this division.